STUDENT RENTAL CRISIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF FINE GAEL’S DISASTROUS HOUSING POLICIES

STUDENT RENTAL CRISIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF FINE GAEL’S DISASTROUS HOUSING POLICIES

 

Chair of Labour Youth Patrick Ahern has said that a survey by the Irish Independent that revealed rent increases of up to 11.5pc year on year for university-owned and on-campus accommodation is just another example of how Fine Gael’s housing policies have failed to meet the needs of ordinary people.

Mr Ahern went on to say:

“The crisis in student accommodation is part of a much wider crisis in housing that has been brought about by the government pursuing a housing strategy that puts the profits of landlords and property speculators ahead of the needs of students, workers, and families to put a roof over their heads.

At the same time as our universities are trying to squeeze hard-pressed students for as much as they can get, a vulture fund is trying to forcibly evict 50 families from their homes in Dublin, and we’re seeing a continued rise in homelessness with over 10,000 now in emergency accommodation.

Home ownership or even renting decent accommodation at an affordable rate has become an almost impossible aspiration for many of my generation but we’re being told by the Minister for Housing that what we really want is a co-living arrangement where we have the opportunity to rent a box room with a fold up bed for €1,300 a month and share a single kitchen with over 40 other people.

All of these problems are symptoms of a system that treats housing as an investment for the wealthy to maximise their return from when what we really need is to treat housing for what it is – a basic necessity that everyone should have.

The crisis will only get worse unless we urgently change the way we approach housing in this country. We need housing policies that work for the many, not the few.”

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7th August 2019

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